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Wickham Festival – COVID-19 UPDATE – Part 2

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As several other festivals have recently cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we thought we should update you on our own Wickham Festival plans.

First and foremost, the health & safety of our artists, audience, staff & suppliers must come first. Our Festival can only go-ahead in August if, by then, it’s felt safe for it to do so.

At present, no mass gatherings are allowed anywhere in the UK due to Government restrictions. None of us yet know when those restrictions may be lifted and in what way.

Our view is that if Government restrictions are relaxed in time, our Wickham Festival will go-ahead in August as planned.

If Government restrictions are not relaxed in time, our Festival will be postponed to 5th-8th August 2021.

We want to keep the option of staging this year’s Festival open for as long as we possibly can. So much has changed in the past 5 weeks. No-one knows where we’ll be in 15 weeks time. If we can go-ahead in August we will with contingency plans in place to help ensure public safety.

If the peak of the pandemic has passed and it’s felt safe for people to leave their houses and enjoy the great outdoors again by August, we’re sure many people will be keen to do so. That said, we recognise there may be other people unwilling or unable to do so.

If our Wickham Festival does go-ahead in August we will allow anyone unable to attend the option of rolling-over your tickets to next year at no extra cost.

If our Festival does not go-ahead in August, all ticket-holders will be able to roll-over tickets to 2021. Refunds will also be available to those unable to attend our 2021 dates (5th-8th August 2021).

Wickham is run on a voluntary ‘not-for-profit’ basis with a shorter ‘build’ period than many bigger festivals. The local licensing authority are content for us to adopt a ‘wait & see’ policy as the situation develops. Crucially, our Medical Team are able and willing to provide our usual 24/7 medical cover without taking resources away from the NHS or other emergency services.

For all these reasons we can afford to wait for several weeks before taking a final decision on whether this year’s Festival can go-ahead as planned.

We expect the Government to indicate if some restrictions may start to be relaxed soon after the Bank Holiday weekend of May 8th-11th. We will update our Covid-19 advice to you then. We don’t expect any relaxation of the restrictions on public events until some weeks later. We will keep alive the hope of staging this year’s Festival for as long as we can but will have to take a final decision by 1st July at the very latest.

We hope this information is helpful to you. We will update it if anything changes. If you have any queries do please email us via eastfest@talk21.com and we’ll try to help.

Finally, may we thank you for your continued support at a very difficult & worrying time for all of us. While Government lockdown restrictions remain in place, please stick to them. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again at Wickham be it this August or in a year’s time.

With best wishes,
The Wickham Festival Team


Let’s sign off with something positive … music!  Wickham regular favourites, Merry Hell, will be at Wickham Music Festival in August (Covid-permitting) with an electric band set Saturday and acoustic band set Sunday.  Here is their new great video ‘Beyond the Call (A song for our NHS)’ feat. Merry Hell with the Social Isolation Choir & Key Worker Chorus.

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    A photo montage of some of the artists who've appeared at Wickham in recent years. Click on the photo to play. See who you recognise and tell us who've you enjoyed seeing most at Wickham over the years? And who would you like to see in the future?
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    About 2/3 of those artists have been epic. I'd have included Kate Rusby, Frank Turner and the Treacherous Orchestra.

    loved bellowhead ,jools holland, richard thompson, proclaimers, frank turner,lindisfarne, graham nash and gilbert. would love to see jack savoretti ,marillion,

    Great memories. Definitely Carlos Núñez was our favourite artist and one we were proud to perform with.

    4 years Back with Roger Taylor! ❤️

    Ferocious Dog, Tom Robinson, Tankus the Henge, and the fabulous Grace Petrie.

    Police Dog Hogan would fit in great!

    Roger Taylor with S AS Band. ....were amazing!!!!

    I loved Le Vent du Nord last year. I know you’ve had them many times, because Jenni knows the lads well, but it was my first time seeing them and they are just amazing.

    I recognize an awful lot of those photos :-)

    Loved Kiefer Sutherland and his band, also 10cc, Ralph Mctell and Graham Nash

    Ryan Young, Graham Nash. Tom Robinson

    Nils Lofgren

    Tony Hadley.

    Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

    Ah. Lovely. See you again inshallah.🙏🏻

    Steve Earle

    Ebony Calderbank, memories eh?

    Memories! Nice one Wickham Festival

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    Face in the Crowd: Seen at last year's Festival. But who was Ferg? ... See MoreSee Less

    Face in the Crowd:  Seen at last years Festival.  But who was Ferg?

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    I'm Ferg... could have been a subtle request that I play there next time round !?! 😉 www.facebook.com/nothingconcrete1

    Haha I love it! 😂😂 Wickham Music Festival I was looking for Fergus Cameron !!! Him and Sid disappeared but we found them chilling at their camel camp tent 😎😂 xx

    We're going through some photos of last year's Festival and this one puzzled us.

    I dunno ... but I saw this on 'Fans of Jackie Magazine ... it's from 1971.

    Well it's Ferg... Init? Lol

    Ferg Al Sharkey

    No! I'm Ferg! Or was it Spartacus? 😂

    Sophie Louisa Carter.....I think people are looking for answers 😂 x

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    Judy Collins performing Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' at the 2019 Wickham Festival. Another great video newly added to our YouTube Channel.
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    Was she wearing that wig for a bet though?

    I remember, she was amazing 💕thanks Wickham fest! Xx

    Still such a beautiful voice. Wickham is my very favourite festival.

    Loved seeing her ❤

    I saw her recently at G Live, she was amazing !

    Not bad for an 80 year old.

    A highlight. Loved seeing her live and hearing her stories of Leonard Cohen!

    Wasn't expecting anything, or from Nash's set, but they were both absolute highlights for me, not just here but for 2019. REAL professionals...

    She was amazing!

    Geoff Bland I was there - amazing!

    Brilliant set!

    Reduced me to tears x

    Mine too!

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    Live concert tonight by one of our Wickham artists & comperes Alistair Goodwin. Saturday 8.30pm. Enjoy!
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    Thank you to all our Wickham artists who've been posting live shows from their homes. We've enjoyed the likes of Nick Lowe, Simon Care (Edward II), Merry Hell, Beans on Toast, and The Travelling Talesman. We'll continue publicising future online gigs in the weeks ahead. ... See MoreSee Less

    Thank you to all our Wickham artists whove been posting live shows from their homes.  Weve enjoyed the likes of Nick Lowe, Simon Care (Edward II), Merry Hell, Beans on Toast, and The Travelling Talesman.  Well continue publicising future online gigs in the weeks ahead.

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    Sound of the Sirens performing live tonight, Wednesday, at 7.30pm. Details via the link below. Love the pic of their socially distanced stage in the middle of a field! www.facebook.com/SoundoftheSirens/

    Don’t miss Scott Doonican of The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican every Saturday night! Worth staying in for!! 🙂

    Megson and Nick Parker tonight too

    Sound of the Sirens will be live from a field somewhere tonight :-D They're been fabulous throughout

    Eliza Carthy is hosting the mark Radcliffe folk show tonight radio 2 ......11pm 🎸🎼

    Alistair Goodwin is doing his 3rd Lockdown Gig this Saturday. Please come along to my next Live in Lockdown III Sat 16 May 8:30pmBST Al X m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3003070253104827&id=119477261464155

    Megson live stream tonight, Wednesday, at 7.30pm. Details here: www.facebook.com/megsonmusic/

    Not much quoted these days. His Homo Ludens still an interesting and relevant read.

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